The final exhibition games of an NBA preseason usually resemble summer league more than an NBA game. But don’t be surprised if a couple Lakers starters play extended minutes tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
While praising Pau Gasol’s preseason last night, acknowledging that Pau looks to be in “midseason form,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson mentioned that he’d like to see how Pau did in extended minutes.
“He’s played well both passing the ball and shooting the ball. But we haven’t extended any minutes out there yet for these guys,” Jackson said. “Nobody’s played a 30 minute game, so we’re going to have to push it a little bit for these guys and get them over 30 minutes.”
That said, Phil seemed impressed by what he had seen from the Barcelonan bomber this fall:
“He’s right in midseason form. I think the experience of the Olympics and the break off for a month, then coming back into camp. He’s still shooting the ball pretty well and looking really good out there offensively.”